ATWS provided 150 temporary jobs to the unemployed

04 Nov 2013 10:50am
SWAKOPMUND, 04 NOV (NAMPA) – The just-ended 2013 Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) created 150 temporary jobs for unemployed men and women in the Erongo Region.
The president of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), Shannon Stowell said during the farewell dinner here on Thursday evening that the Namibian government will complete an economic analysis soon to determine the exact benefits and spin-offs of the summit.
Some waitresses Nampa spoke to during the four-day event said they were paid N.dollars 9.50 per hour at the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre, the usual rate for temporary work at hotel establishments in Namibia.
A 35-year-old woman, who preferred to be identified only as Evelyn, said despite the odd working hours, it was worth every penny.
“I am unemployed, and did not earn a salary for more than a year now,” she noted.
Evelyn said she could now afford to buy clothes for her children for Christmas.
She reported for duty at about 10h30 each morning, and ended her daily schedule just before midnight when most delegates retired for the night. Evelyn worked up to 10 hours per day on some days.
When the announcement was made that Namibia would host the summit, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) predicted that the tourism indaba would generate more than N.dollars 50 million for the local economy.
According to the ministry's preliminary figures, the summit - which took place from 26 to 31 October 2013 in Windhoek and Swakopmund - would rake in over N.dollars 4 million for the capital alone, and another N.dollars 7 million for Swakopmund through summit-related sales.
The ministry said the event would yield positive returns for the Namibian economy in terms of increased tourism bookings, and further improve the diplomatic positioning of Brand Namibia as a stable, forward-looking, progressive country open for visitors and available for increased investment as well.
The summit is held annually, and brings decision-makers of the global tourism industry as well as travel enthusiasts together.
ATTA aims to promote and grow the adventure travel market; provide exclusive professional support; develop and market businesses; provide a unifying voice for the industry and research, anticipate, interpret and share travel, consumer and industry trends.